On the second anniversary of September 11, PICA launched the first-ever Time-Based Art Festival with a powerfully meditative work by Japanese performance duo Eiko and Koma, performed in Jamison Square fountain. Over the next ten days, provocative, global visions converged in Portland in the form of concerts, dances, films, and performances that defied definition. As CrutchMaster, Bill Shannon dazzled audiences with urban freestyle breakdancing using the crutches he depends on for mobility; Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd performed hybridized, hyper-global, improvisational music; Coco Fusco explored gender, violence, and the US/Mexico border; and Akram Khan performed a whirling dance composition in a set by Turner-prize winning sculptor Anish Kapoor. Unique to TBA, PICA also created a late-night, all-access warehouse venue called Machineworks, where Festival fans came to party alongside inventive, second-stage acts, blurring the lines between audiences and artists.

Eiko & Koma. Photo: GK Wilson.

Eiko & Koma. Photo: GK Wilson.

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